Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences , School of Social Work

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

At the School of Social Work there is a program in social work, independent courses, master's degrees and a well-developed research in the central research areas of social work (see The School of Social Work is active in both Lund and Helsingborg.

For further information on the research profile, research groups and projects at the School of Social Work, access the following website:

The PhD-programme consists of four years of full-time study. The programme leading to a doctoral degree comprises a total of 240 credits divided into a course component of 75 credits and an academic thesis of 165 credits. The education is completed with the public defense of the doctoral thesis. A PhDcandidate is employed to fulfill the requirements of the PhD-programme, and is also expected to contribute and take active part in the research environment at the School of Social Work. Candidates may
teach or do administrative work up to 20% of the employment, also depending on the department’s requirements. Swedish as well as English are used as languages within the program, during courses, seminars and meetings.

The general syllabus for the program is available here:

Requirements for admission
The requirements for admission to the PhD-programme and employment:
• A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she has been awarded a second-cycle qualification or has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
• A person meets the specific admission requirements if he or she has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 30 second-cycle credits in Social Work, or a corresponding qualification acquired in Sweden or abroad. The doctoral student must also have completed a second-cycle independent project worth 15 credits.

Evaluation criteria of applications
The overriding selection criterion is the applicant’s ability to benefit from the PhD-programme and the capacity to independently and creatively conduct social science research. Applicants are evaluated based on study results, academic publications such as journal articles, books, book chapters, and research reports, the research plan and previous experience of participating in research activities. Merits should be substantiated. The possibilities of the department to provide applicants with adequate supervision and a research environment of high quality are also key criterion in the selection process.

Applicants are expected to attach a dissertation research plan of 4-5 pages (upload it under Other files). The plan should contain a formulation of the research problem, research questions, some comments on the literature within the research field, an outline of a study design and relevant methodological considerations. The plan should demonstrate one or more possible directions for the planned research of the applicant and provide a basis
for assessing the applicant's ability to identify potentially interesting questions and make relevant considerations about method in relation to planned research.

Evaluation is based on merits and documents submitted at the application deadline. Only complete applications will be considered.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2020-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/4087
  • Staffan Blomberg, Head of Department,
  • Katarina Jacobsson, Director of studies,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 04.Dec.2019
Last application date 31.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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